Hailed as its generation's Wizard of Oz, Rob Reiner's whimsical, farcical, saccharine and seriously funny fable about a princess, an evil prince, a mysterious masked man, a giant, a six-fingered count, a miracle-working couple and, of course, the vengeful Inigo Montoya, remains just as quotable and fun today, 25 years after its initial, almost unnoticed release.
The Princess Bride famously failed to generate much attention at the box office in 1987, but thanks to home video rentals, word soon spread about the original, witty and sweet tale of a grandfather reading a story to his sick-from-school grandson as the imaginative story played out in front of his, our, very eyes and it remains a classic shared between generations of movie lovers.
Boasting a cast of well-knowns, little-knowns, comedic up-and-comers and pretty young things who have since gone on to divergent careers, we decided the upcoming 25th anniversary Blu-ray release on October 2 made it the perfect time to check in with the key members of The Princess Bride cast and answer Where Are They Now?
Find out below, as you wish!
|Rob Reiner - Director
He followed up The Princess Bride with modern romantic classic When Harry Met Sally..., thriller Misery, legal drama A Few Good Men but hasn't really been able to recapture the string of hits he gave us leading into the '90s. Reiner has continued to write and direct (Flipped, Alex and Emma) and occasionally pops up in front of the camera ("30 Rock") to remind us that he did start out his career as an actor, while remaining a respected figure in the business of movies.
|Cary Elwes - Westley
Elwes parlayed his late-'80s handsomeness as the dashing, pretty and heroic Westley into memorable roles like the object of Alicia Silverstone's murderous desire in Crush, the lead role in spoof Robin Hood: Men in Tights, then smug meteorologist in Twister and the square-but-well-meaning new man in Liar Liar opposite Jim Carrey. While he's worked steadily in film, TV ("The X-Files") and TV movies, stand-out roles have been few and far between although he recently had a supporting part in No Strings Attached (though a beard, glasses and big hair made him unrecognizable), lent his voice to The Adventures of Tintin and has a handful of movies in the queue like Selena Gomez comedy Feed the Dog and apparently voicing George Harrison in the 3D adaptation of Yellow Submarine.
|Mandy Patinkin - Inigo Montoya
Patinkin recently joined the Emmy-winning series "Homeland" as the CIA's Middle East Division chief - and got an adorable shout-out from Claire Danes during her Emmy win speech - and previously starred in small-screen hit serials "Criminal Minds" and "Chicago Hope." He is, as it turns out, best known for his stage work in plays like Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden, The Wild Party and Evita and is a celebrated tenor, with a handful of albums to his credit. (Who knew?) Despite a myriad of talents at his disposal, he'll always be Inigo to us.
|Robin Wright - Princess Buttercup
The ethereal and talented Robin Wright, formerly Penn, was only 21 at the time she played the romantically-challenged princess and has since carved out an impressive career for herself that included a Golden Globe nominated performance for her role as Jenny in Forrest Gump. Her tempestuous marriage to Sean Penn made her tabloid fodder but her work has managed to be of more interest, with movies like She's So Lovely, The Singing Detective, Breaking and Entering and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee making her a household name.
|Chris Sarandon - Prince Humperdinck
He struck the perfect balance between detached, haughty, entitled brat and evil mastermind as the manipulative prince and was one of the few actors who were established thesps before The Princess Bride, even scoring an Oscar nom for Dog Day Afternoon (1975). After playing Humperdrinck, Sarandon starred in Child's Play, played Abe Lincoln multiple times, voiced Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas, starred in "Felicity" and "Judging Amy" and has at least three movies lined up so while his star isn't so sparkly it's blinding, he's continued to work steadily.
|Christopher Guest - Count Tyrone Rugen
The man who would go on to perfect the mockumentary film scored a memorable part here as the six-fingered man after a very successful collaboration with Reiner in 1984's This is Spinal Tap as Nigel Tufnel. Guest directed his first movie in 1989 and won over critics with the bitingly funny Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, which earned an Oscar nom for Best Original Song for "A Kiss At the End of the Rainbow." Working with a talented group of character actors who often pop up in his projects - Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parkey Posey, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, Bob Balaban, etc. - Guest has also continued to appear in front of the camera in his own movies and those of his comedic peers.
|Wallace Shawn - Vizzini
Because the role was originally supposed to go Danny DeVito, Shawn was reportedly very nervous about taking on Sicilian criminal genius Vizzini but as soon as you hear his inimitable utterance of "Inconceivable!" you become incapable of imagining anyone else in the role. Shawn's distinct, cartoonish voice has led to much animated work (Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) although an entire generation would know him only as Mr. Hall from Clueless. He's also had small screen success on shows ranging from "Gossip Girl" to "Crossing Jordan" and wrote the screenplays for four movies.
|Fred Savage - The Grandson
It would be only a year later that baby-faced Fred Savage would become a fixture in many living rooms as Kevin Arnold, the protagonist of '60s-set TV show "The Wonder Years" that would run until 1993. But let's not forget semi-classics The Wizard (1989) and Little Monsters (1989). Though he's continued to act, his directing career has taken off, especially on TV. He's helmed episodes of everything from "Hannah Montana" to "Party Down," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Happy Endings" and "2 Broke Girls," and, as far as we can tell, has only directed one movie, Daddy Day Camp.
|Billy Crystal and Carol Kane - Miracle Max and Valerie
Both accomplished actors in their own rights by the time they played the adorable, super-old miracle-working couple for Reiner, their parts in The Princess Bride didn't amount to a lot of screen time, but boy was their presence felt and funny. Carol Kane, perhaps best known for her work in Annie Hall, has over 130 acting credits on IMBD and most recently was in TIFF sex addiction dramedy Thanks for Sharing. Billy Crystal has never really stepped out of the spotlight during his decades-long career and expanded his skill set to include director, author and host, emceeing the Oscars an unbelievable nine times, not to mention his successful stint on Broadway.
|André the Giant - Fezzik
The French former wrestler gave his most well-known performance as friendly but physically imposing Fezzik, Inigo's companion, and necessarily, a giant. The man born André René Roussimoff only starred in two more projects post-Princess Bride and has said himself that the role was his favourite and given the heart he adds to the movie, it's easy to see why. Roussimoff died of congestive heart failure in 1993 in Paris.
|Peter Falk - The Grandfather
Usually decked out in a trenchcoat, puffing on a cigar while slouching, Peter Falk will forever be remembered as Columbo, the rough-around-the-edges but cunning and clever detective whose stories ran on TV from 1971 to 2003. He brought a warmth, and that trademark gravelly and slightly high-pitched voice, to the role of the Grandfather here and continued to appear in movies (Made, The Thing About My Folks) and TV until his death in 2011.
Now that you're all caught up on what the cast of The Princess Bride has been doing for the past 25 years, it's time to share your favourite quote/character/scene. Join the discussion below and vote in our poll!
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